The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate is a child rights based organization. The Office was established in 1989 and then on April 1, 2012, became an independent legislative office with the proclamation of the Child and Youth Advocate Act.
The Child and Youth Advocate is an independent officer reporting to the Alberta Legislature. Formerly the Advocate reported to the Minister of Human Services. This change in reporting enables the OCYA to carry out duties impartially. These duties include advocating for children and youth receiving some government services (child intervention and youth justice services) and investigating the serious injury or death of children in care.
The essence of OCYA’s work is about engaging with children and youth, their communities and others to address issues identified by and affecting young people.
We represent the rights, interests and viewpoints of Alberta children and youth who receive intervention services or who are involved with the youth criminal justice system.